Data Handling Maths

Maths Data Handling

Maths Data Handling, Qualitative data, Quantitative data, Discrete data, Continuous data
Written by Mary Christina


Data is a collection of facts such as values or measurements.
Data can be in the form of numbers, words, measurements, observations or even descriptions of some things.

Types Of Data:

Data can be of two types- Qualitative and Quantitative

Qualitative data:

Qualitative data provides a descriptive information about something.

Quantitative data:

Quantitative data provides numerical information about something.
Quantitative data is of two types- Discrete and Continuous

Discrete data:
Discrete data can only take certain values like whole numbers

Continuous data:
Continuous data can take any value within a range

Note: Discrete data is countable while continuous data is measurable.

DATA HANDLING - Qualitative data, Quantitative data - Discrete data, Continuous data

Simple example is given below to have a better understanding of the types of data:


Qualitative Data:

  • It is tawny brown in colour and is covered with dark black spots
  • It has two black stripes which look like tear-tracks
  • It is the fastest animal in the world

Quantitative Data:

Discrete Data:

  • It has four legs
  • It has two kids

Continuous Data:

  • The average weight of cheetah is 50 to 60 kg
  • The height of cheetah is 70-90 cm.

Collection of data:

Data can be collected in many ways. The simplest method is to observe directly.


In case if you want to find the number of cycles passing certain point on a road in 20 minutes interval of time.
You can stand at that particular point and count the number of cycles that pass by in that interval.

Census Or Sample:

Census is collecting data for every member of the group ( whole population)

Sample is collecting data for selected member of the group.


There are 40  students in a classroom. you can ask everyone ( all 40) what their height is. That is census. or you could just ask some 10 students what their height is. That is Sample.


Census is accurate but hard to calculate.
Sample is not as accurate as census but may be good enough and easy to calculate



About the author

Mary Christina

Mary Christina from Chennai, India. She has completed Master Degree in Mathematics and she loves to teach and share about her knowledge in maths for High School and College Students...